President Mahama pleads with Black Stars to play on

President John Mahama has pleaded with the Black Stars not to abandon their final group game against Portugal.
The players reportedly threatened to boycott the trip due to non-payment of allowances and appearance fees.
FA spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie Daara has confirmed that the players have not been paid since they arrived.
He would not confirm a planned boycott but said in a Whatsapp message to Joy Sports’ Benedict Owusu that the players are upset by the broken promises made by officials.
The players failed to turn up for training on Tuesday morning in protest over delays in payment of their appearance fees.
The players were promised an appearance fee of $75,000 each for qualifying for the tournament in Brazil to be taken from monies FIFA paid to Ghana for qualifying for the World Cup.
Almost two weeks into the tournament the players have not received the fees. On Tuesday they vowed not to travel to Brasilia for the game against Portugal if the appearance fee was not paid to them.
The situation was so volatile, President John Mahama had to intervene. The president is said to have promised that the amount would be paid by close of today.
According to Tony Bebli who is with the team in Brazil, John Mahama spoke to the players on FA Chairman Kwasi Nyantakyi’s phone.
Ghana is scheduled to meet Portugal in a ‘do or die’ final Group G  match and could go on to the next round if results in the US-Germany game are in their favour.
Source: GhanaWeb

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